Killings declined last year in Washington, D.C., and another relatively high-crime adjoining area, Prince George’s County, Md., continuing a trend that has brought the number of homicides both jurisdictions to their lowest levels in years, the Washington Post reports. The decline comes as some major cities saw increases last year. Homicides increased in New York and Boston; the 131 killings in Washington was a 9 percent decrease from 2009.
Gun assaults in Washington dropped 14 percent, and armed robberies fell 21 percent. Some property crimes were up across the city as burglaries rose and thieves took advantage of the growing prevalence of smartphones and other electronic devices. D.C. police were troubled by an increase in the proportion of particularly violent acts, such as robberies and carjackings, committed by teenagers. Juveniles accounted for 46 percent of arrests for robberies and carjackings in Washington. “We’re failing when it comes to juvenile violence,” said Police Chief Cathy Lanier.